It only took two musical powerhouses to do it, but for 15 beautiful yet oh-so fleeting minutes, the Super Bowl will be uncanceled next year.
Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will reportedly be headlining the Super Bowl LIV halftime show on Feb. 2, which will take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The “Waiting for Tonight” singer confirmed the news in a Thursday tweet following months of speculation: “This is happening.”
“Going to set the world on fire,” Lopez wrote, accompanied with a series of fire emoji.
Shakira added to the excitement by tweeting: “It doesn’t get any bigger than this!” Coincidentally, the concert will take place on the ageless Colombian pop diva’s 42nd birthday.
The announcement is quietly historic. Although Gloria Estefan has performed in two Super Bowls — XXVI in 1992 and XXXIII in 1999 — it will be the first time that two female musicians of Latinx descent have taken the stage at the same time. Other Latinx artists to headline the Super Bowl halftime show include Christina Aguilera and Enrique Iglesias, who teamed up with Phil Collins and Toni Braxton (or rather “Bracton”) for the 2000 performance.
All of that is basically the exact opposite of last year — when Maroon 5 performed.
While Lopez has made no secret of her interest in headlining Super Bowl LIV, the news is a capper on a fantastic year for the actress, singer, dancer, and pretty much anything else she wants to be. The 50-year-old (again, it’s absurd, I know) is currently starring in Hustlers, an acclaimed smash that could land Lopez her first Oscar nomination.
And by god, Lopez deserves the long overdue recognition. She has been a mainstay in the industry for over three decades, getting her start as a fly girl in the early 90s on In Living Color before becoming a major box-office draw with Out of Sight, The Wedding Planner, and Maid in Manhattan. She’s also a prolific producer, serving as an EP on The Fosters, Good Trouble, World of Dance, and the upcoming Bye Bye Birdie Live!, in which she will also appear as Rose Alvarez.
If it weren’t already clear that 2019 and 2020 will respectively be Year 1 and Year 2 of J.Lo, she is also soon to be married to retired baseball player Alex Rodriguez.
You can tune into watching two hard-working divas take the world by storm five months from now and then immediately go back to ignoring the National Football League. In addition to continuing to struggle with how to handle rampant domestic abuse allegations among athletes, it has also fumbled the ongoing controversy over players kneeling during the national anthem to raise awareness about police brutality against people of color.
The NFL settled with former 49ers player Colin Kaepernick in February after he accused the league of forcing him out over his racial justice advocacy.
So for those keeping score, J.Lo and Shakira: legendary. The NFL: still canceled.